Autonomous cars are going to fill the roads and drivers are going to turn into passengers. Never; In fact, unknown. Not as well as anything else, in the sense that nothing can be said with absolute certainty if the first stages of use are not followed.
But before we go into the questions that have arisen, especially around the future, let us give a clear answer to the question: What is a autonomous car? And why does the driver “give” his/her status to his/her car?
Because his autonomous car has the ability to perceive its environment and navigate without its human help. How; The autonomous car determines its environment using radar, lidar GPS, odometer and computer vision.
It is certain that in the early stages autonomous cars will be characterized by higher acquisition costs. This may lead to an increase in the total cost of the car, as expected fuel and repair costs will probably not be sufficient to cover the increased cost of ownership.
Also, conventional fleet models will remain unchanged while the autonomous car will be available as a feasible alternative to some driver groups, such as drivers who provide corporate cars for personal use.
Today’s cars will continue to have a significant residual value for three to four years, as there is a strong demand for second-hand vehicles on the consumer market. But what will be the residual value of autonomous cars – considering a possible change in ownership patterns? The answer to this question can only be given when cars without a driver enter the first stages of use.
It is expected that autonomous cars will begin to fill our roads slowly and that the roads will not get rid of accidents. Regarding liability and regulations, many questions are still pending. What kind of infrastructure will be developed for cars without a driver?
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The first tests with autonomous cars – both traditional car manufacturers and the young, radical high-tech players, have been successful. Now, we see some ambitious local authorities opening up public infrastructure to test new mobility options while manufacturers continue to include more and more autonomy features in their cars.
New technologies can only be adopted by fleets, as they offer optimized driving (and lower total cost of ownership) and driver safety. Additionally, until the adoption of driving autonomy is stabilized, companies are given time to prepare for the changes that will occur – for example, costs, acquisition, mobility, fleet financing.